Through immigration and naturalization a new, invisible country is created, the borders in flux, often unclear and evaporating. The naturalized citizen exists here, between and within two cultures (or more), where integration and displacement are simultaneous. With the acquisition of citizenship comes protection, privileges and inclusion, yet this transformation is a totalizing one, requiring an erasure of identity through the rejection of past affiliations and even beliefs. This process is, by nature, imperialistic, as the hegemony of one country is asserted over another, and identity and unity come into conflict. Asking what is lost when nationality is gained, I/You/Je/Tu is an inquiry into the location of belonging and the cost of assimilation.
2009, video, 30 minutes
About the artist: ellenisclavenitis.com
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